I have been unable to run for several weeks having put my back out. I believe it was dong a yoga class before my first Parkrun that did it. The week after graduating I did two full 5k runs, then a yoga class (first time) the day before the Parkrun. Did the Parkrun but noticed back pain after it. Then following Friday I did the Stepping Stones podcast and noticed my pace had dropped drastically - thinking initially it was that the cadence was too slow I think now it was that I was compensating for the injury and not putting in enough oomph.
Several weeks on and lots of physio exercises, and use of a massage stick, and I'm just about getting there with the back. Still stiff on getting out of bed, but during the day I hardly notice it - whereas a few weeks back I was taking painkillers.
My physio says to get back into it by alternating run/walk cycles and avoid hard surfaces like pavements etc. Trouble is, most of my routes are on hard surfaces (including Farmoor Reservoir, which is tarmac all the way round).
I'm thinking perhaps as a cautious start I could try a Week 1 run on a treadmill, which is far more forgiving than the pavement, then build up ( don't want to go through the whole course again, unless by some miracle I can persuade my lovely wife to try it and run with her, but so far she's resisted).
What do people recommend?